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Severe storm, flooding and heavy snowfall strike Hawaii - 22 inches of rain in 24 hours, snowdrifts at least 4 feet deep

The weekend's weather events are producing rainfall totals and river peak values not experienced on the Big Island since Hurricane Lane stormed through in August 2018.

Tom Birchard, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Honolulu, said the 24-hour rainfall total at the Hakalau gauge on the Hāmākua Coast measured just shy of 21 inches as of 7 a.m. Sunday. The Saddle Quarry gauge, upslope of Hilo Bay, registered roughly 22 inches during the same period.

And rain has continued to fall steadily in those areas into the afternoon.

"I've heard several people comparing impacts to what they've seen from Hurricane Lane, even some folks from Civil Defense," Birchard said.

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Heavy snow in Uttarakhand, India leaves over 900 villages without electricity and water

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More than 900 villages of Uttarakhand are without electricity and water as unprecedented heavy snowfall has disrupted normal life in the state over the past few days.

An official of the state government said: "The electricity and water supply is disrupted in more than 900 villages and 50 tourists are stranded in a number of places due to the closure of roads.

Traffic is blocked on around 100 highways across the state."

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Wild animals in Zimbabwe attack more humans due to drought

At least 36 people were killed by wild animals in Zimbabwe in 2019 up up from 20 in 2018.

The Zimbabwean further reports that the authorities recorded 311 animal attacks on people last year, up from 195 in 2018.

This increased attack on people has been blamed on the extreme drought in the country which is driving wildlife into human settlements in search of nourishment.

"The cases include attacks on humans, their livestock and crops," said National parks spokesman Tinashe Farawo is quoted as saying.


Heartening photos show how the Australian bush is already regrowing after wildfires

New life bursts from the charred trunk of a tree in Kulnara, NSW.
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New life bursts from the charred trunk of a tree in Kulnara, NSW.
Beautiful photographs of the bush regrowing on the NSW Central Coast a month after fires devastated the region have been picked up as a symbol of hope online.

Local photographer Murray Lowe snapped the shots in the Kulnara area on Monday and posted them on Facebook, where they have been shared more 37,000 times in less than 48 hours.

"Ventured out into the fire grounds today to capture some images of how the Aussie bush responds to fire, and the way it regenerates itself and comes back to life," Mr Lowe wrote in his post.

"Even without any rain, life bursts through the burnt bark from the heart of the trees and the life cycle begins again."


Monster dust storm blankets several Australian states

A red hue blanketed much of south west Queensland on Saturday, caused by a weather system moving through from southern Australia.
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A red hue blanketed much of south west Queensland on Saturday, caused by a weather system moving through from southern Australia.
Residents in several states are once again cleaning up the leftovers from a dust storm following strong winds in southern Australia at the end of last week.

A red hue blanketed much of south west Queensland on Saturday, reportedly caused by a weather system moving through from the south.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Matthew Bass said strong winds from a large trough system followed by a large high pressure system was to blame for the latest dust storm.

"As that trough moved through southern Australia, it picked up a whole lot of dust and drifted north," Mr Bass said.


Snoqualmie Pass in Washington walloped by nearly 3.5 feet of new snow in 2 days

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Several recent snowstorms have brought feet of new snow to the Cascade Mountains.

According to the Dept. of Transportation, Snoqualmie Pass received 41 inches of snow (3.4 feet) in the 48 hours prior to Sunday morning.

The winter weather has made pass travel extremely difficult.

Snoqualmie Pass was closed for a period Saturday afternoon and again Sunday morning. Stevens Pass also closed Saturday. You can always check the latest pass conditions here.


14 die as heavy snowfall, flash floods wreak havoc in Balochistan, Pakistan - snow up to 4 feet deep

Heavy snowfall and showers claimed at least 14 lives in different parts of Balochistan and suspended road and air links of the country's largest province with rest of the world on Sunday, as the unusually extreme weather system entered Pakistan.

With a strong westerly wave affecting most parts of the country, snowfall is also expected in Khyber Pakh­tunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir, besides heavy showers have been forecast for Islamabad as well as upper and central Punjab from Monday till Tuesday morning, according to the meteorological department.

Met officials said heavy snowfall in Quetta had already broken the 20-year record. "In Qilla Saifullah, the Met Office recorded three- to four-foot snow, which was [more than] double the usual one- to 1.5-foot snow," said Chief Meteo­rologist Dr Azmat Hayat Khan.

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100 scientific papers: CO2 has minuscule effect on climate

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Within the past few years, more than 50 papers have been added to a compilation of scientific studies that refute the primary claim of climate-change activists that CO2 causes global warming.

The papers compiled by the NoTricksZone website, now numbering 106, find that CO2 has a minuscule effect on climate.

Words such as "negligible" are used to describe CO2's effect on the climate.

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At least 17 killed as extreme cold sweeps across Afghanistan

Afghan men upload recycle items on sacks during a snowfall in Kabul, Afghanistan January 12, 2020.
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Afghan men upload recycle items on sacks during a snowfall in Kabul, Afghanistan January 12, 2020.
A severe cold snap killed at least 17 people in Afghanistan on Saturday, government officials said, as heavy snowfall and rain continued to lash parts of the country.

Afghanistan is no stranger to extreme winter weather, during which various warring groups in the country have historically ceased hostilities, but this year has been particularly harsh, according to the country's metrological department.

The officials said the death toll could rise further, with Afghanistan's Natural Disaster Management Authority still trying to compile a total figure.

"We were not expecting such a bad cold wave in the country," Tamim Azimi, a spokesman for the Natural Disaster Management team told Reuters.


Snowfall hits South Sinai, Egypt

Snowfall on Saint Catherine city in South Sinai led to an unprecedented increase in tourist occupancy rates to the city, after photos and videos circulated on social media showing people playing in the snow.

Hundreds of tourists flocked to Saint Catherine to see the snow, which began melting in the streets on Saturday but continued on in the mountain tops.

The head of the municipality council of the city, Talaat al-Anani, said that all roads are open and that this snow has brought great exhilaration to the city.

Comment: The same extreme cold weather with accompanying rare or exceptionally heavy snowfall has also been reported recently from other countries in the same general region:

Videos of snowfall in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia